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Combining of Caron, Hanley Center becomes official

July 2, 2012
by Gary Enos
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 The merging of operations between Caron Treatment Centers and Hanley Center has become official this week, with Caron announcing that this joining of forces makes Caron the nation’s largest nonprofit addiction treatment provider based on treatment revenue.

The two organizations have been in partnership for a year, with plans now on the drawing board to add programs for adolescents and young adults to Hanley Center’s service mix in Palm Beach County, Fla. “We have always had a profound respect for Hanley Center’s approach to advancing the field of addiction treatment,” Caron president and CEO Doug Tieman said in a statement. “By combining our collective experience as renowned nonprofit healthcare organizations we will now be able to provide even broader evidence-based treatment to individuals and families.”

Caron, based in eastern Pennsylvania but with operations in Florida as well, and Hanley Center emphasize their complementary expertise in treating younger and older individuals, respectively. They also share similarities in their emphasis on charity care and in their research initiatives with institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania and Scripps Florida.

“Both centers have a track record of staying informed on the leading academic research on addiction,” said David C. Lewis, MD, a member of Caron’s Medical Advisory Board and founder of the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies.

Caron chief operating officer Andrew Rothermel will oversee all of the Florida operations of the merged organizations; Rothermel is also Hanley Center’s CEO.